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Work with your hands

Work with your hands! Create unusual, powerful, amazing wearable art.

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, January 11th- runs Monday & Wednesday evenings – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person

Participants learn foundation: metal fabrication, soldering, forging sterling silver ring bands, bezel/prong setting cabochon stones, wax carving & lo-tech casting of bronze/sterling silver, lost wax casting and/or fusing (kiln forming glass), rivets, working with vitreous enamels, & more!
3 spaces available as of Thursday, January 7th- sign up today! 

Sterling silver lost wax cast forms, vitreous enamel, Kiln formed glass with sandblasted symbols, married metal dome ring sterling silver, brass and copper
Sterling silver lost wax cast forms, vitreous enamel, Kiln formed glass with sandblasted symbols, married metal dome ring sterling silver, brass and copper

handmade gifts keep giving- shop local – support local

Handmade gifts & shopping local

When you purchase a gift certificate for a loved one you are doing both; gifting a loved one an experience of learning new skills, making their own jewelry, glass art, functional items or just plain whimsy! And you’ve in turn helped a local independently run (artist) business continue to grow & thrive.

Daisy made both of these rings (lost wax cast) in a Metal + Glass course.
Daisy (beginning student) made both of these rings (lost wax cast) in a Metal + Glass course.

20% off SALE until Midnight Dec 22nd. Discount at check out!
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse

 

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, January 11th- runs Monday & Wednesday evenings

Gift certificates available for this course or the March session below!
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. 

evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing.

evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)

evening #3: Working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver. 

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Cuttlefish casting (lo-tech) in house. 

evening #5: Kilnworked glass. Fuse several glass pieces (buckle, pendant, cabochon for setting later!).

evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.

evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.  

evening #8: Finish up projects

No experience necessary!

Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*.  A list of local suppliers is included.   Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s

What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper
Wax
Solder to complete projects in class
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment

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January course

Sign up before midnight Dec 22nd to receive 20% off 


 

March course
March course

 

 



 

Screenshot 2015-11-15 19.37.39Glass Fusing, ring band workshop. January 16 & 17th noon to 5pm – $275pp All materials included. Make gifts for your friends, family, yourself! Learn basic kiln-forming.
Glass Fusing components for jewelry, and wearable art plus, making a ring band and bezel-setting glass!
Saturday: Learn how to cut various glass shapes, paint glass, work with powdered glass and stringers.How to properly build your glass pieces for fusing.
Annealing cycles are discussed and journaled as well as Slumping, Tack fusing temperatures and other kiln forming techniques.
Sunday: Items are taken out of the kiln/annealer and cleaned, cold working is demonstrated with the diamond saw (if applicable), and simple hand-cold working methods, drilling, etching and more.
Participants then bezel set one of their fused pieces as well as learn how to form, and solder a sterling silver ring band!
What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing
Solder to complete projects in class
3/0 saw blades
Copper, brass or sterling silver to set your glass ‘cab’ on
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment
Sign up before midnight Dec 22nd to receive 20% off 
No experience necessary!

Winter Holidays are coming!

Be part of the nano-changes gradually taking place over at the studio! When you purchase an item through my Etsy store – now to November 30th – use coupon code: HOLIDAY20 and receive 20% off your purchase(s) 🙂

Monies gathered go into the much needed renovation/organization of
nanopod: Hybrid Studio

Plus, you receive a handmade, one of a kind and/or limited edition work! Please share this coupon code with friends or family. Thank you for your support!
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hand flame-worked glass heart
hand flame-worked glass heart

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Amazing classes – register this weekend!

October classes that need you to sign-up, confirm your seat & supplies by Tuesday, Oct 20th.

Beginning Insect Mounting workshop- Friday, October 23rd 6:30-9:30pm. This is a one of a kind workshop taking place in Toronto. $70pp register below or click the Taxidermy link above in the menu- sign-up button can be found there as well. Confirmation needs to happen by Tuesday, Oct 20th for enough insects, display cases, spreading boards, pins, and other special supplies to be available for everyone.               

Metal Chain chain chains & other techniques. Running Tuesday evenings, starting Oct 27th. Interested in having this class run? Confirm your seat and supplies by registering no later than Oct 20th. Sign-Up button can be found below (or through Courses button in menu) along with further information. 


BUGS {beginning Entomology} EVENING CLASS $70pp 
6:30pm-10pm, October 23rd – Class is FULL

In this class, students will learn everything about basic butterfly preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced butterflies in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Display cases for finished butterflies will be provided

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted butterflies used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers. If there are any excess specimen left, they will be available for students to take home for practice and future use.

Students go home with their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, an extra butterfly for practice, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.

 


Metal-  Chain chain chainssss, hinges, gold fused onto silver (keum-bo), settings, working with bronze & silver clay. 1 evening per week, starts up Tuesday, October 27th 6:30-9:30pm 9 weeks –     3 student minimum, 6 student max. $380pp   (4 spots remaining!) 

Screenshot 2015-09-05 11.50.34Step it up! Make your own handmade chains, construct a hinged locket/box. Fuse gold to silver. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs/drusy with Sterling hand-cut bezels. Demonstrations of how to construct rolo, cable chain, woven, and weaving over armatures. Participants will also learn how to construct their own closures, and locking mechanisms. Applying gold to fine silver/sterling silver: participants will add texture to silver via hammers and fuse 24k gold foil onto their designs through Keum-bo. Basic prong settings for faceted stones and cabs and working with bronze clay and silver clay.
Materials included:
•Bronze & Silver clay
•Sterling plate 3″x3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)
•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)
•Sterling wire (15′ of 19gauge, 6′ half-round 12gauge)
•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting
•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges
•23.5k gold foil for Keum-bo process

No experience necessary! Register by Oct 20th to reserve your bench space and supplies.

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October workshops at nanopod studio, Toronto

Special October classes and courses. 

BUGS {beginning Entomology} EVENING CLASS $70pp 
6:30pm-10pm, October 23rd –

In this class we will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Display cases for finished butterflies will be provided

Students go home with their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, an extra butterfly for practice, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.

 

 

BIRD Taxidermy weekend $380CADpp (1 space left!)
Saturday and Sunday Oct 24th-25th, noon to 6pm both days. Class size limited to 8  – NO experience necessary!

In this intensive 2 day workshop, we will cover all the basics of beginners taxidermy, focusing specifically on small bird taxidermy. The basics of skull cleaning and wet specimen will also be discussed. Taxidermy is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, and this class be divided as such, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the process at their own pace.

Please note-

We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.

Everyone will be provided with gloves and sanitary equipment.

All animals are disease free.

Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a somewhat strong constitution and maturity are necessary. We will be seeing meat. In this manner, a good taxidermist prides themselves on working cleanly!

In consideration of other students, please do not dissect carcasses in class. (You are welcome to take the carcass and dissect on your own, instruction can be provided)

IMG_3723All animals are sourced humanely and according to the instructors code of ethics- nothing was killed for the sole purpose this class.

Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

Minors under 18 are allowed in class with the supervision of a parent/guardian over 18. The parent/guardian does not need to participate or buy an extra ticket if they are only there to supervise.

 Purchase your ticket soon, 1 seat remaining Oct 15th!

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Metal-  Chain chain chainssss, hinges, gold fused onto silver (keum-bo), settings, working with bronze & silver clay. 1 evening per week, starts up Tuesday, October 27th 6:30-9:30pm 9 weeks –     3 student minimum, 6 student max. $380pp   (3 spots remaining!) NO experience necessary!

Screenshot 2015-09-05 11.50.34Step it up! Make your own handmade chains, construct a hinged locket/box. Fuse gold to silver. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs/drusy with Sterling hand-cut bezels. Demonstrations of how to construct rolo, cable chain, woven, and weaving over armatures. Participants will also learn how to construct their own closures, and locking mechanisms. Applying gold to fine silver/sterling silver: participants will add texture to silver via hammers and fuse 24k gold foil onto their designs through Keum-bo. Basic prong settings for faceted stones and cabs and working with bronze clay and silver clay.
Materials included:
•Bronze & Silver clay
•Sterling plate 3″x3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)
•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)
•Sterling wire (15′ of 19gauge, 6′ half-round 12gauge)
•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting
•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges
•23.5k gold foil for Keum-bo process

Student supplied:
•Druzy, crystal cluster or other unusual cut cabochon for sterling bezel setting
•Saw blades: Purchase good saw blades along with Bur life cutting lube. Recommended blades:  2/0-4/0
•High speed steel drill bits: Choose drill bits that fit with your saw blades. This class is geared towards absolute beginners to intermediate goldsmiths and silversmiths and creative individuals! 🙂

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Working with Bronze and Fine Silver clay

married metals, formed & fabricated
married metals, formed & fabricated

Metal-  Chain chain chainssss, hinges, gold fused onto silver (keum-bo), settings, working with bronze & silver clay. 1 evening per week, starts up Tuesday, October 27th 6:30-9:30pm 9 weeks –     3 student minimum, 6 student max. $380pp  

Make your own handmade chains, construct a hinged locket/box. Fuse gold to silver. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs/drusy with Sterling hand-cut bezels. Demonstrations of how to construct rolo, cable chain, woven, and weaving over armatures. Participants will also learn how to construct their own closures, and locking mechanisms. Applying gold to fine silver/sterling silver: participants will add texture to silver via hammers and fuse 24k gold foil onto their designs through Keum-bo. Basic prong settings for faceted stones and cabs and working with bronze clay and silver clay.
axel2Materials included:
•Bronze & Silver clay
•Sterling plate 3″x3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)
•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)
•Sterling wire (15′ of 19gauge, 6′ half-round 12gauge)
•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting
•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges
•23.5k gold foil for Keum-bo process

Student supplied:
•Druzy, crystal cluster or other unusual cut cabochon for sterling bezel setting
•Saw blades: Purchase good saw blades along with Bur life cutting lube. Recommended blades:  2/0-4/0
•High speed steel drill bits: Choose drill bits that fit with your saw blades.

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10 years on Harbord Street • thanks, Toronto!

OMG! Can’t believe it’s been ten years since nanopod: Hybrid Studio opened its pod door on Harbord St., but indeed it has! And in thanks for all of your support, Toronto artists, crafters, and civilians, we are giving YOU 10% off any workshop or course on the wonderous day – September 5th! Register from midnight September 4th to Midnight September 30th. Any Fall or Winter class 🙂 yay!! (Kermit arms!) 

Past nano-students receive an extra 10 for their help keeping us a present studio force for all these years! Big love to you guys!!

Past students receive 20% off any workshop or course- same details as above.

 Check out our classes and reserve your spot today! Also applies towards Holiday gift certificates!

Thanks again!

Love, nanopod: Hybrid Studio aka Tosca

P.S discount does not apply to the Taxidermy classes. Sorry!